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Accounting

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Accounting provides you with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research competencies required to address complex accounting issues found in private corporations, governmental entities, public accounting, and not-for-profit organizations. This program extends the knowledge gained in an undergraduate accounting program to enhance your skills in written communication, research, and complex problem solving. No matter your passion, an accounting degree can help you mix that passion into your profession.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and has earned additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Research and appraise historic, current, and developing authoritative standards in accounting and apply them appropriately to complex financial transactions.
  • Utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to produce and interpret financial statements for various types of organizations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
  • Analyze, evaluate, and organize financial data to facilitate managerial decision making.
  • Conduct an in-depth analysis of an organization's financial information and provide a written assessment of the results.

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Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Applied Business Analytics

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Construct both simple regression and multiple linear regression analytical models in Microsoft Excel.
  • Define and quantify business problems using data analysis tools for the purposes of analytical investigation and accounting decision-making.
  • Analyze the interpretation of results from statistical analysis.
  • Communicate statistical results and reports for the purpose of accounting decision-making.

BUSN660

Advanced Analytics I

BUSN661

Advanced Analytics II

BUSN662

Applied Advanced Analytics

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CPA

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to various scenarios regarding auditing, business environment and concepts, financial reporting, regulation, and taxation.
  • Solve problems relating to auditing, business environment and concepts, financial reporting, regulation, and taxation.
  • Demonstrate written communications skills in preparing solutions addressing complex accounting problems and situations.
  • Illustrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in formulating solutions to cases.

ACCT603

Advanced Business Concepts

ACCT604

Comprehensive Financial Accounting

ACCT606

Advanced Auditing Topics

ACCT607

Business Law and Taxation

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Government Accounting

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the fundamental ways that governments and not-for-profit organizations differ from business enterprises.
  • Solve problems relating to government and not-for-profit accounting.
  • Demonstrate written communications skills in preparing solutions addressing complex government and not-for-profit accounting problems and situations.
  • Illustrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in formulating solutions to cases in government and not-for-profit accounting.

ACCT621

Government & Non-Profit Accounting III

ACCT614

Government & Non-Profit Accounting I

ACCT619

Government & Non-Profit Accounting II

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Health Information Management

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Assess organizational compliance with state and federal governmental regulations, accreditation, licensure and certification requirements.
  • Construct accurate quantitative evaluations related to health care statistics, financial management, and accounting standards and best practices.
  • Evaluate legal and ethical concerns related to confidentiality, security, and privacy issues in the management of health information in a digital world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specialized medical language, classification systems, and reimbursement methodology common in the field of health information management.
  • Synthesize material on health information management from multiple competing sources.
  • Identify significant public policy issues in health information management..

HIMA501

Technology Applications in Health Information Management

HIMA503

Healthcare Vocabulary and Clinical Terminologies

HIMA505

Research Methods in Health Information Management

HIMA550

Clinical Workflow and Process Redesign

HIMA605

Legal Issues in Health Information Management

HIMA620

Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry

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Information Technology

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Appraise the processes, phases, domains, and measures for effectively managing complex IT projects.
  • Examine the methodologies, tools, technologies, and practices to analyze, design, and develop object-oriented applications.
  • Examine the legal, social, ethical, and technical issues related to information systems and to securing information systems.
  • Appraise the vulnerabilities of information systems with respect to security and examine the methodologies to mitigate this risk.

ITCC500

Research Methods in Information Systems and Technology

INFO531

Management Information Systems

INFO620

Enterprise Database Systems

ITMG624

Information Technology Project Management

ISSC640

Computer Networks and Data Systems

ISSC680

Information Security Management

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Internal Auditing

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Apply auditing and assurance techniques to a wide variety of internal auditing situations.
  • Solve problems relating to internal auditing and assurance.
  • Demonstrate written communications skills in preparing solutions addressing complex auditing problems and situations.
  • Illustrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in formulating solutions to cases in auditing and assurance.

ACCT609

Auditing & Assurance I

ACCT611

Auditing & Assurance II

ACCT613

Auditing & Assurance III

Admission Requirements

All AMU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, you will need to provide an official transcript of your completed bachelor’s or master’s degree showing proof of completion of this required coursework:

  • Auditing: 3 credit hours
  • Cost Accounting or Managerial Accounting: 3 credit hours
  • Individual Federal Taxation: 3 credit hours
  • Intermediate Accounting: 6 credit hours

Pre-admission courses must be grade C or better at the undergraduate level; B or better at the graduate level.

If your bachelor's degree is NOT accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), your required first courses here will be:

  • BUSN601 - Global Management Perspective
  • BUSN602 - Managerial Analysis
  • BUSN603 - Quantitative Analysis

If you have a bachelor's degree in a business program that is accredited by ACBSP, AACSB, or IACBE, you are NOT required to take the courses listed above, and instead may take 3 graduate-level elective courses.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

State Requirements

The State Board of Accountancy requires fully online programs to use test proctoring. Students in all upper-level accounting courses (i.e., 300-level and above) are required to use test proctoring in several assessments. Any challenges that may impede the student from using test proctoring (e.g., military deployments, overseas travel, connectivity issues, etc.) need to be taken into consideration by the student before enrollment since exceptions to the use of test proctoring are not permitted.

Coursework for this degree program may or may not satisfy the educational requirements for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in your state, depending upon your state of residency. See the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website or select your state from the drop down list for more information.

 

Texas: Under the rules of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, at least 15 hours of upper-level accounting course work must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus of the transcript-issuing institution. Completion of this accounting program and coursework may not meet the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam or obtain a CPA license in Texas. Individuals wishing to sit for the CPA exam or obtain a CPA license in Texas should check with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to determine eligibility.


Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
 
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

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Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.